Why Natural Heartworm Treatment Doesn’t Work

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People continue to look for ways to live more natural lifestyles. Also, many pet owners are hoping to include their furry family members in the lifestyle. While there is nothing wrong with embracing a natural lifestyle in general, there is a point where you need to consider the best option. Most veterinarians will support efforts to choose all-natural nutritional pet diets. However, when it comes to the animal’s health, choosing the best option is vital.

What Is Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a condition that affects pets, mainly dogs, but also cats and ferrets. It is caused by parasitic roundworms that are spread through mosquito bites. The disease can cause heart failure, lung disease, other organ damage, and even death. While inside the animal, the worms grow into maturity, and they reproduce. The worms live in the heart and lungs of the infected animal. They are also found in the associated blood vessels.

About Natural Heartworm Prevention

It is possible to find natural solutions that reduce the likelihood of your dog developing heartworm disease. However, these options are not enough to make ignoring prescription medication a wise decision. Dogs contract heartworms through infected mosquito bites. Making your dog less attractive to the pesky mosquitoes can help to keep your dog safe. While mosquito repellents might help, they do not provide complete coverage. All it takes for your dog to develop heartworm disease is one bite.

Another natural method to prevent heartworms is building the dog’s immunity. A strong immune system will help the dog to fend off infections. Boosting the immune system involves ensuring a healthy, nutritious diet and getting plenty of exercises. A healthy lifestyle is certainly beneficial for your pet. However, this will not guarantee that your dog won’t get heartworms. Using vitamins and other supplements will make the dog stronger, but it does not treat heartworm.

Benefits of Using Prescribed Heartworm Prevention

There are several benefits of using medications prescribed by your veterinarian. The medication is safe and negative side effects are rare. Any side effects are often mild and infrequent. Some dogs experience vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy after the treatment is administered. FDA-approved medications for heartworm are very safe when administered at the recommended doses. Heartworm products often contain natural ingredients. This means that the animals are not exposed to harmful chemicals.

Using Proheart 12 for Heartworm Prevention

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine has approved the use of Proheart 12(moxidectin) for the prevention of heartworm disease. The injectable suspension is recommended for dogs from the age of 12 months and above. This product is a great option.

When it comes to heartworm treatment or prevention, the fact is that the natural approach does not always work. Most veterinarians do not support natural heartworm treatment. Ultimately, the only effective solution is a prescription medication. Preventing heartworm is much safer and is less expensive than treating the disease. Talk to your veterinarian about developing a preventative plan that is safe and convenient for your pet.

If you want to know more about natural heartworm treatment, visit Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital at our offices in Carmel, Indiana. You can also call 317-428-2530 to book an appointment today.